This past week has proven to be both good and bad for Lord of the Rings fans.
While fans of the franchise's latest film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, rejoiced this weekend over its box office achievement in earning more than $1 billion, Warner Bros. confirmed that the second film in the three-part series, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will not be released in theaters until December 13, 2014. The delay is about six months later than its initial release date of July 18, 2014.
There is no word as to why the decision was made for the delay in the Peter Jackson-helmed project, which was filmed at the same time as the other two installments.
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Fans looking forward to the new RoboCop remake will have to hold out a little bit longer to see Joel Kinnaman portray the eponymous cyborg. Sony and MGM have announced that they're pushing the film's original August 9, 2013 release date to February 7, 2014 in order to allow more time for special effects and postproduction work.
Perhaps as slight compensation for the delay, the studio released a new photo from the set (seen above): the reveal of RoboCop's bike!
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Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film has been pushed back to 2014.
Initial reports suggested the project had been shelved indefinitely, but this has been refuted, with website ComingSoon.net saying it has been given a new release date by Paramount, of May 16, 2014. That the film has been put back so far suggests it needs significant work before filming.
This comes in light of Michael's initial claim the turtles would be re-cast as aliens, an idea which was met badly by fans of the original comic series.
Earlier this year, it was rumored Jonathan Liebesman was in talks to direct the reboot.
Brad Pitt's World War Z is set to undergo a script rewrite and extensive reshoots even though filming has ended.
The actor - who is also one of the producers - shot the post-apocalyptic horror film in various locations around Europe last year but Prometheus screenwriter Damon Lindelof has been brought on board to fix some problems with the first cut. Lindelof is thought to be concentrating on the film's third act which reportedly needs serious restructuring.
The December 2012 release date has been pushed back to summer 2013 to allow for six to seven weeks of reshoots in September and October.
The movie is based on the 2006 novel by Max Brooks and also stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, and Anthony Mackie. Marc Forster has directed the film.
The reshoots will be a blow to the studio Paramount, who had hoped to turn it into a trilogy.
It’s the kind of thing that happens when rights licensing gets out of hand. As we’ve explained, two different Snow White films will make their way to the big screen in 2012. Each flick is peppered with big names and some fresh faces, and each will present an original take on the age-old fairy tale.
But, there’s trouble, because each film wants to be the first one to come to theaters. Relativity Media’s Snow White was scheduled to release on June 29, so Universal’s Snow White and Huntsman moved its production schedule up 6 months to set a new release for June 1.
Relativity retaliated by moving its fairy tale flick up to March 16. And in the rush to get each movie to the box office, someone’s bound to foul up somewhere.
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James Bond is to return to movie screens next year.
Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the suave British spy in the 23rd screen adventure in November 2012, after the film was finally given the go-ahead, nine months after it was originally shelved amid money problems for studio MGM.
Sam Mendes will direct the film, while legendary actress Dame Judi Dench is believed to be returning as M. Frost/Nixon actor Michael Sheen has reportedly been approached to play the villain while a Bond girl to play opposite heartthrob Craig is yet to be decided.
"I think I'm going to be needed in spring of 2011. That's a message I got," Judi previously said.
Actor Simon Russell Beale has been linked with a role after being watched twice by Bond producer Barbara Brocolli in his current West End play Deathtrap - and is also playing King Lear in 2012 under the direction of Sam Mendes. "Every actor wants to be in Bond and I'd love to be a baddie," he recently said.
The script, meanwhile, is being penned by regular contributors Neal Purvis and Robert Wade along with John Logan who worked on Hollywood hits Gladiator, The Aviator and The Last Samurai. Shooting will start later this year and its release will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, Dr No.
The Beaver, which is not a big-screen version of the Jerry Mathers TV show, has been given a release date by Summit Entertainment -- and that means we know exactly when Mel Gibson returns to theaters.
In the film, Gibson plays a man suffering from clinical depression whose constant companion is a beaver puppet.
Select theaters will carry The Beaver beginning March 23 before it opens nationwide on April 8.
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Disney, Paramount and Marvel have just announced the released date for Iron Man 3:
May 13 May 3, 2013. That’s a long time to wait, but Marvel is planning a whole host of superhero movies that will be released in the interim.
The Avengers, distributed by Disney, will hit theaters on May 4, 2012. Meanwhile, Paramount will release Thor on May 6, 2011 while Captain America debuts in July 2011. There’s also talk of a possible Black Widow movie featuring Scarlett Johansson.
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If you’re anything like me, you thought this day would never come—the day when I Love You Phillip Morris got an actual release date.
Although Phillip Morris was originally slated to debut in the spring, the dark comedy starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor faced numerous delays. Now, it appears the film about cellmates-turned-lovers may have been saved from indefinite hold.
According to Roadside Attractions, the movie with a possible marketing problem will now be released on December 3, 2010. “Jim and Ewan once again prove themselves to be among the rare group of A-list actors who take the risks, embrace them and wildly succeed,” the studio’s co-president stated.
“This is a film that everyone has been talking about, and we’re thrilled it became available again, as we had been in hot pursuit of it at Sundance and were disappointed it was one that got away.”
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-Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Joss Whedon officially announced at Comic-Con that he will be directing The Avengers. The superhero film is scheduled for a May 4, 2012 release.
-According to Will Arnett and show creator Mitch Hurwitz, the Arrested Development movie is still going to happen. I guess I’ll believe it when I see it?
-Lionsgate finally blinked. Saw 3D, originally scheduled to debut on Oct. 22, has been pushed to Oct. 29 - one week after Paranormal Activity 2 premieres.
-A Hobbit-less Guillermo del Toro is focusing on his next project. He is now planning to produce, write and possibly direct a scary version of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion.
-Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, has been chosen to open the 67th Venice Film Festival. The festival opens September 1.
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